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Design and Applications of a Beer Mat for Pub Interaction

Andreas Butz; Michael Schmitz
In: In Extended Proceedings of The Seventh International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp), September 11-14, Tokyo, Japan, 9/2005.


We describe the design of an interactive beer mat for the support of entertainment activities in pubs. The mat uses a gravity sensor to sense motion and orientation in space and a pressure sensor to sense the weight resting on it. Care was also taken to preserve its original functions, such as absorbing superfluous liquids and providing advertising space. We present a number of activities supported by the mat and show how it can improve the profit of the pub and the mood of the crowd simultaneously.